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Don’t doubt Ganguly, he is still better than the best

The write-up Dadaists unite! (The Dialogue, January 13) reflects poor journalism.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2011 00:55 IST

Don’t doubt Ganguly, he is still better than the best

The write-up Dadaists unite! (The Dialogue, January 13) reflects poor journalism. Instead of criticising the rich owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, who, in most cases, do not know even the ‘C’ of cricket, the article makes fun of Bengalis for criticising the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team management after they ‘humiliated’ Sourav Ganguly. It is disappointing that Dada, who is undoubtedly a better player than his contemporaries like Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and others — as the last edition of the IPL proved — hasn’t been snapped up by any franchise this year. Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

Shah Rukh Khan, the owner of KKR, is a hypocrite. On one hand, he praised Ganguly and on the other, did not bid for him in the IPL auction. Yet, even a Bengali like me fails to understand why is there so much anger over Ganguly’s non-inclusion in the IPL. Why is it so difficult to accept that there are many better and younger players than Dada in the team today? We should rejoice in the fact that Ganguly was — and will always remain — one of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket. Sant Prakash Gupta, Agra

Look beyond the obvious

Rahul Gandhi’s recent comment on inflation is surprising (Govt can’t check prices due to coalition compulsions: Rahul, January 12). Is Gandhi trying to imply that the UPA’s coalition partners don’t want prices of food products to come down? Or, ministers like Sharad Pawar are intentionally ignoring the price rise for personal gains? It seems there is more to the statement than meets the eye. Perhaps he wants to convey that the Congress is unable to rule properly. Pawan Sharma, Delhi

Gandhi’s statement is illogical and unacceptable. There have been many coalition governments in the past. But the problem of price rise was not as grave as it is under the UPA rule now. The concept of coalition government is not unique to India. But governments in other countries don’t seem to be as helpless like the UPA. Gandhi is trying to give lame excuses to justify the government’s failures. R Gururajan, Ooty

A zero-action government

There’s nothing to cheer about the government’s agenda on controlling the price rise (Govt unveils steps to bring food bill down, January 14). It’s disheartening to learn that seasoned economists and politicians like the Prime Minister and the finance minister lack the understanding of basic economics. The government is wasting time and resources in issuing vague statements on the public distribution system and mobile markets for farmers when the need of the hour is to come up with foolproof measures to check inflation. SK Wasan, Noida

Tackling the terror challenge

Rajdeep Sardesai’s article The error of terror (Beyond The Bite, January 14) was informative and thought-provoking. The writer was right in observing that the ‘politicisation of terror’ can be tackled only when we rise above religious prejudices, have no preconceived notions about who’s a terrorist and formulate effective strategies to root out terror. We must remember that terror doesn’t have a religion. RL Pathak, Delhi